College-wide integrative and applied learning – synthesis and advanced accomplishment across the Core Curriculum, specialized studies, student affairs and athletics
The packaging of the College’s student learning outcomes is guided by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC &U):
“Empowered and informed learners are also responsible. Through discussion, critical analysis, and introspection, they come to understand their roles in society and accept active participation. Open-minded and empathetic, responsible learners understand how abstract values relate to decisions in their lives. Responsible learners appreciate others, while also assuming accountability for themselves, their complex identities, and their conduct . . . they help society shape its ethical values, and then live by those values.”
AAC&U. (2002). Greater expectations: A new vision for learning as a nation goes to school (National Panel Report AAC&U, p.23).
Notre Dame College has developed an engaged responsibility curriculum that is aligned with the College’s mission:
Notre Dame College, a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility.
Mission Aligned Student Learning Goals:
Personal Responsibility: Students will develop character and skills to help them choose a life that honors accountability, values and purpose.
Professional Responsibility: Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of a chosen discipline and the competencies needed to support their potential role in contributing to and enriching it.
Students will develop an appreciation of the world beyond them at local, national and global level as well as an awareness of their role in having a positive impact upon the world at any or all of these levels.
Engaged Responsibility Core Curriculum Goals:
- Demonstrate awareness of responsibility for self and for others
- Acquire and demonstrate the principles of living a purposeful and ethical life
- Analyze, interpret and evaluate global issues
- Develop an appreciation for cultures other than their own to better participate as responsible world citizens
College-wide Academic Student Learning Outcomes
Written Communication Fluency – Students will be able to produce clear, correct, coherent prose adaptive to purpose, occasion and audience while adhering to appropriate style and formatting.
Oral Communication Fluency – Students will be able to communicate orally in clear, coherent and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion and audience.
Quantitative Fluency – Students will be able to question, interpret, manipulate and analyze numbers encountered in all aspects of life.
Information fluency – Students will be able to evaluate information from various sources for accuracy, significance and validity and correctly incorporate information into projects, papers and performances.
Digital Media Fluency – Students will develop and demonstrate their knowledge of the operations, capabilities and application of computers sufficient for the student to function in the classroom and in the workplace.
Literary Inquiry – Students will be able to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials (books, articles, documents)
Theological Inquiry – Students will be able to engage in intellectual and respectful inquiry into major faith traditions while examining their own faith commitment
Creative Inquiry – Students will be able to use creative, innovative and imaginative methods of inquiry to solve problems and develop intellectual and creative products.
Ethical Inquiry – Students will be able to analyze ethical issues in personal, professional and civic realms and think critically to produce reasoned evaluations of ethical claims.
Scientific Inquiry – Students will develop and demonstrate an understanding of the nature of scientific investigation and the role of science in the development of a body of knowledge to be better able to ask questions, collect evidence and construct explanations.